Scott Singh in Contention in India

By Sports NetworkFebruary 29, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007 Johnnie Walker ClassicNEW DELHI, India -- Shiv Kapur fired a 7-under 65 and Unho Park had a 6-under 66 Friday to share the second-round lead at the Johnnie Walker Classic.
 
Kapur and Park are tied at 10-under 134 atop a crowded leaderboard.
 
Jyoti Randhawa (65) and Taichiro Kiyota (67) are one shot back at 9-under 135, with world No. 5 Adam Scott (68), Philip Archer (64), Jose Manuel Lara (67) and Graeme Storm (66) at 8-under 136.
 
There are 25 players overall within five shots of the lead, including Vijay Singh and overnight co-leader Daniel Vancsik.
 
Neither Kapur nor Park had ever held a 36-hole lead in a European Tour event before Friday. It was especially important to Kapur, who lives in New Delhi.
 
His spotless round included five birdies and an eagle at the par-5 sixth, where he knocked a 3-iron to 10 feet. Kapur played the front nine in just 31 shots.
 
'I got off to a good start and made an eagle on front nine and a couple birdies, but I just seemed to be putting pretty well,' said Kapur. 'I don't know how many putts I made today, but I felt like I putted well. I rolled the ball well and I made all the putts I needed to.'
 
Kapur, Randhawa and three other Indians are among the top 25 players on the leaderboard in just the second European Tour event ever held in their home country. The first was the Indian Masters three weeks ago, won by countryman S.S.P. Chowrasia.
 
'You are playing in your own country and people expect you to play well, you expect to play well and before you know it, you play and start scoring,' said Randhawa, who had seven birdies in a flawless round. 'I just wanted to go out and have fun and do the best I could with my game.'
 
Park, a Korean-born Australian, posted eight birdies and two bogeys in the second round. He collected five birdies in a six-hole stretch from the sixth, then ended with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18.
 
He admitted making a swing adjustment this week after watching a notorious range hound practice at DLF Golf and Country Club.
 
'I was watching Vijay (Singh) on his backswing and he keeps his head really still,' said Park, 'I tried to do similar things as I move my head a lot. I just tried to stay steady and it is working.'
 
Shamim Khan, an Indian who shared the first-round lead with Vancsik, missed the cut by a shot on Friday after shooting a 76 to post 1-under 143.
 
Also missing the cut were Chowrasia, Ian Poulter, Paul McGinley and Colin Montgomerie.
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.